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Financial Assistance Available for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

July 2 Update—Congress Extends PPP Application Loan Deadline to August 8, 2020.

June 4 Update—Congress Passes PPP Flexibility Act.

May 18 UpdateSBA Releases Loan Forgiveness Application for the Paycheck Protection Program.

APMA is providing small business resources that may be available to eligible podiatric offices, and we encourage you to check back often as we continue to update this page as new information becomes available in the coming days and weeks. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES ACT expanded loan options for small businesses, and we expect podiatric offices to take advantage of one or both loan options. Detailed information about both options is available on this page.

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)–Purpose is to help small businesses with their payroll and related costs for an eight-week period. Loan forgiveness available for small businesses that maintain their workforce. 
  • Economic Injury Disasters Loan and Loan Advance (EIDL)–Program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Small businesses can access a $10,000 loan advance that is not repaid.

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Eligibility
All businesses with 500 or few employees, including sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors.

Loan Amount
Loans can be for up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from last year plus an additional 25 percent of that amount. Payroll costs will be capped at $100,000 annualized for each employee. Loan cannot exceed $10 million. Review the FAQ to find out how to calculate your maximum loan amount.

Loan Purpose
Proceeds of the loan may be used for:

  • payroll costs, including benefits;
  • interest on mortgage obligations, incurred before February 15, 2020;
  • rent, under lease agreements in force before February 15, 2020;
  • utilities, for which service began before February 15, 2020;
  • interest payments on any other debt obligations that were incurred before February 15, 2020; and/or
  • refinancing an SBA EIDL loan made between January 31, 2020 and April 3, 2020.

NOTE: 60 percent of the loan proceeds must be used for payroll costs. Review the FAQ to learn what is included in the payroll costs.

Application Dates

  • Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply starting April 3, 2020.
  • Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply starting April 10, 2020.
  • Loans must be submitted by August 8, 2020.

Approved Lenders
Any existing SBA lender, federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that are participating can service the loan.  Podiatrists should consult with their local lender to determine whether it is participating.

Application Procedures
Use this application to apply directly with an approved lender. You will need to provide a lender with payroll documentation. Review the FAQ for a list of documentation you will likely need to apply.

Loan Forgiveness Criteria

  • You must submit a request for loan forgiveness with the lender that is servicing the loan.
  • Include documents that verify the number of full-time equivalent employees and pay rates.
  • Include payments on eligible mortgage, lease, and utility obligations.
  • Lender must make a decision within 60 days.

Loan Forgiveness Amount

  • The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. At least 60 percent of the funds must be used for payroll costs.
  • Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount is reduced.
  • Forgiveness will be reduced if you decrease salary and wages by more than 25 percent for any employee who made less than $100,000 annualized in 2019.

NOTE: You have until December 31, 2020, to restore your full-time employment and salary levels for any changes made between February 15 and April 26, 2020. 

The PPP Flexibility Act added additional exemptions to the reduction in the amount of loan forgiveness. Under the new law, the amount of loan forgiveness will not be reduced based on a reduction in thmarce number of full-time equivalent employees if the borrower, in good faith:

  • can document that the borrower is: i) unable to rehire individuals who were employees of the borrower on February 15, 2020; and ii) unable to hire similarly qualified employees for unfilled positions on or before December 31, 2020; or
  • can document an inability to return to the same level of business activity as that which existed prior to February 15, 2020, due to compliance with COVID-related health and safety guidance (e.g., standards for sanitation or social distancing) during the period from March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Loan Terms
You may owe money when your loan is due if you use the loan amount for anything other than payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities payments over the eight weeks after getting the loan. You will also owe money if you do not maintain your staff and payroll. If any or portion of the loan is not forgiven, these loan terms apply for all borrowers. 

  • 1.0-percent fixed interest rate
  • Loans issued after June 5 have a 5-year maturity time period and loans issued before then are due in two years unless the lender and borrower agree to new terms.
  • Lenders are required to provide complete payment deferment relief for “impacted borrowers” until the loan forgiveness is determined or in ten months if the loan forgiveness application is not submitted within ten months of the loan origination date. This includes interest and fees. Impacted borrowers are presumed to have been impacted adversely by COVID-19, and all recipients are presumed to be “impacted borrowers.”

Loan Forgiveness Application

SBA released the loan forgiveness application and instructions on May 15. The following points provide important information and key takeaways for borrowers.

  • Borrowers must submit the loan forgiveness application to the lenders servicing the loan. The application has four components: 1) the PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculation Form; 2) PPP Schedule A; 3) the PPP Schedule A Worksheet; and 4) the (optional) PPP Borrower Demographic Information Form. All borrowers must submit (1) and (2) to their lender. Options are available for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles.
  • Flexibility exists to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving the PPP loan. 
  • For loans made before June 5, a borrower may elect an eligible period of eight weeks. For all other loans, the eligible period is 24 weeks or until December 31, 2020, whichever comes first.

We encourage borrowers to contact their accountants to assist with preparing the appropriate documentation.

For more information: Access the Borrower Guidance from the Department of the Treasury and the SBA.


Additional Resources from APMA Partners

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQ

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Emergency EIDL Loan Advance

Eligibility

EIDLs are available to small businesses, independent contractors, and sole proprietors in declared disaster areas, which now includes all 50 states and territories. To qualify for an EIDL, the applicant must have suffered “substantial economic injury” from COVID-19. Substantial economic injury generally means a decrease in income from operations or working capital with the result that the business is unable to meet its obligations and pay ordinary and necessary operating expenses in the normal course of business.

Loan Amount
Eligible recipients can receive up to $2 million in assistance, which can include a $10,000 Emergency EIDL (cash advance grant). EIDL loans under the CARES Act are based on a company’s actual economic injury determined by the SBA (less any recoveries such as insurance proceeds)

Loan Forgiveness
Unlike PPP, EIDLs generally do not have any loan forgiveness provisions. However, applicants that already applied for an EIDL loan can refinance their EIDL under the PPP. Additionally, the Emergency EIDL loan (next section) of up to $10,000 is not expected to be repaid, even if you are subsequently rejected for an EIDL. 

$10,000 Emergency EIDL (Cash Advance Grant)

  • How do I apply for this grant?
    The SBA has launched a streamlined application process via its website, so small businesses can submit applications for both the EIDL and Emergency EIDL simultaneously. If you had previously submitted an application for an EIDL prior to the emergency loan’s availability, you can still submit an application for the Emergency EIDL.
  • How much?
    Up to $10,000 in a cash advance is available.
  • How quickly can I receive this money?
    The SBA anticipates paying the cash advance within three days of a successful application. 
  • What can I use the emergency EIDL cash advance for?
    The grant can be used to provide paid sick leave to employees; maintain payroll; meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions; or pay business obligations, including debts, rent, and mortgage payments.
  • Is the cash advance forgivable?
    This advance is forgivable if it is spent on any of the items listed above. The emergency loan is also forgivable even if the grantee is subsequently denied an EIDL.

Loan Purpose
Proceeds of the overall EIDL may be used for:

  • Payroll and other costs
  • Increased costs due to supply chain interruption
  • Mortgage or lease payments
  • Obligations that cannot be met due to revenue loss and for other uses.

Application Dates
Applications for an EIDL and Emergency EIDL can be submitted from January 31–December 31, 2020. 

Application Procedures
Eligible small businesses can apply for a loan at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Eligible businesses should expect a disbursement of monies within five business days of a successful application.

Loan Terms
The interest rate on EIDL loans is 3.75 percent fixed for small businesses and 2.75 percent for nonprofits. The EIDL loans have up to a 30-year term and amortization (determined on a case-by-case basis).

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Emergency EIDL (Cash Advance) FAQ

Marcum, LLP Articles for Podiatric Practices

The accounting and business advisory firm of Marcum, LLP is providing information to help podiatric practices survive during the pandemic and economic downturn and to start planning for the recovery.

Article 1: Guide to COVID-19 Small Business Loans

Article 2: Accessing Various Forms of Capital for Your Practice

Article 3: Building a Path Forward for Your Podiatry Practice

Article 4: Tools to Help Your Podiatry Practice Survive and Thrive

Additional Assistance and Resources

APMA has compiled resources on other SBA loans, state loans for small businesses, private resources and consumer assistance available to podiatric practices. 

Webinar: How Your Practice Can Survive COVID-19

APMA partnered with Marcum LLP to offer its members a one-hour webinar about recent COVID-19 legislation and resources for you and your practice. Download a copy of the presentation and a copy of the Q&A from the presentation. Marcum LLP provides a detailed guide to small business loans as an update to its How Your Practice Can Survive COVID-19 webinar.

Podcast: Applying for SBA Loans

Disclaimer: This resource is for information purposes only. APMA advises doctors of podiatric medicine to speak with an attorney or financial advisor duly licensed in their jurisdiction.


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